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More than ten years ago, Switzerland’s MA programmes in design started organizing an annual conference that is specifically dedicated to the research part of the student’s MA theses. Initially, being part of the Swiss Design Network Conferences, in 2020 it is the 10th time that the Junior Research Conference is taking place as an independent event.

In its anniversary year we would like to foster the conference’s student-led approach and, therefore, there will be no overarching topic other than the research projects presented by the students themselves. While doing so, presenting students are asked to shed light on the knowledge gap that their projects are dealing with, their research methodology as well as the intersection between practice and theory.

As a parallel thread to the presenting student’s afternoon workshops there will be an additional workshop on design education called «Unlearning Design». The workshop is open to all participating students and design educators as well. Keep an eye on the junior-research.ch website since the will be a number of online sessions on design



8:30 AM

Registration & Coffee, Gipfeli

9:30 AM

Welcome Address

9:45 AM

Presentation I

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM

Presentation II

1:00 PM



2:00 PM

Campus Tour

2:00 PM

Funding Fair


2:45 PM


4:45 PM

Spotlights from Workshop

5:15 PM

10 Years of JRC and Apéro


This year’s venue is Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts with its new Design Campus located at «Viscosistadt» — the former headquarters of Viscosuisse and centre of research, development and production of polymer yarns. Today, Viscosistadt is more and more turning into a creative epicentre located at the northern part of Lucerne by hosting the school, a number of companies, studios, cafes, restaurants and even coffee roasters.


The registration for the Junior Design Research Conference 2020 is currently closed.


University of Applied Sciences Lucerne Design & Arts
HSLU Design & Kunst
Nylsuisseplatz 1
6020 Emmen